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[ENS] Newark elects Mark Beckwith as its next bishop

From "Matthew Davies" <>
Date Sat, 23 Sep 2006 12:44:10 -0400

Episcopal News Service Saturday, September 23, 2006

Newark elects Mark Beckwith as its next bishop

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

[ENS] The Rev. Mark M. Beckwith was elected September 23 as the tenth bishop of Newark.

Beckwith, 54, was elected out of an initial field of six nominees on the third ballot. To be elected on that ballot, based on the number of votes cast, a nominee needed 80 votes in the clergy order and 160 in the lay order. Beckwith received 87 clergy votes and 166 lay votes. The results of the balloting, which were announced at 11:48 a.m., are available at

The election took place at the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark, a short walk from Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral where the electing convention celebrated Eucharist earlier in the day.

Beckwith will succeed Bishop John Palmer Croneberger, 67, who plans to retire after the new bishop is consecrated and installed on January 27, 2007. Croneberger became bishop coadjutor November 21, 1998 and succeeded Bishop John Shelby Spong in January 2000.

As in all episcopal elections, Newark's choice will require the consent of a majority of the church's diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction. Those consents must be given within 120 days of the electing diocese's standing committee sending the a certificate of election to the Presiding Bishop and the Standing Committees of all the dioceses. There are 126 days before the consecration date.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has made it a practice not to comment on diocesan election processes.

Beckwith is the rector of All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. He served in the Diocese of Newark earlier in his priestly life. He was associate rector at St. Peter's Church, Morristown, from 1982-1985, and was rector of Christ Church, Hackensack, from 1985-1993.

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